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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

updated Mar 23, 2020

In response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, we want to ensure you have access to the best available information to protect yourself and your loved ones as we learn more about the disease. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) considers the coronavirus to be a serious public health threat. More information is provided below.

PLEASE NOTE:
Effective immediately, ALL IN-PERSON APPOINTMENTS ARE BEING SUSPENDED and we are ONLY OFFERING TELEHEALTH.
In other words, all existing and new clients are meeting with their providers via telehealth, and there are NO onsite clinic appointments at this time. Our Wednesday Drop-In Clinic is also closed and we are not holding groups nor trainings.

WE ARE ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS and have providers with CURRENT OPENINGS. All our providers ARE OFFERING TELEHEALTH (i.e., video conferencing) sessions to new and existing clients, to prioritize your health and ensure that your services go uninterrupted during this unprecedented time. Please contact your provider directly to discuss options, cancellation policies, and to answer any questions that you may have!  

Thanks in advance for doing your part to stay home, stay safe, and keep the disease from spreading.

Symptoms
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person, with a range of mild to severe symptoms. These symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear between 2 – 14 days after initial exposure, during which it is recommended that you self-quarantine. The CDC recommends calling your doctor immediately if you have visited China within the past two weeks and start to feel ill.

Prevention

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces regularly.
  • Use a facemask if you show symptoms of Coronavirus or other respiratory illness (especially if you are a health worker or caretaker).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except when seeking medical care.
  • Get your flu vaccine if you have not already.

Travel Warnings
The CDC recommends that all travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China, Iran, South Korea, and Italy. The CDC also advises that older adults and those with chronic medical conditions consider postponing nonessential travel to Japan. Travelers should practice usual precautions when traveling to Hong Kong. If you plan to travel internationally, I encourage you to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive important messages, alerts, updates, and travel advisories while you are there. Frequently asked questions for travelers can be found here.

Further Information
The Centers for Disease Control provides updates on the virus and safety information for public and healthcare professionals.

The Minnesota Department of Health provides situation updates on the disease’s spread within the state, as well as frequently asked questions available here.

The State Department provides a list of travel advisories for those who are planning to fly outside of the United States.